Specs appeal…

This month Jamie Edney – who runs designer eyewear boutique Edney & Edney with his optometrist wife Ayshah on Monson Road – suggests some great Christmas gifting ideas for those who wear glasses and love sunglasses


With the holiday season rapidly approaching, many of us will be focused on shopping for the big day, perhaps a select few have even ticked the final gift off their list by now. Perhaps many more of us however – myself included – are yet to even start procuring presents. And that’s certainly not due to a lack of organisation but rather the fact that Christmas seems to rudely come around faster and faster with each year!

In this month’s column, I will aim to offer one solution to the annual yule-tide quandary. My Christmas offering to you, Dear reader, will be a handful of eye-related cracker-worthy puns (which Mrs Edney suggested I leave out…) and a buyer’s guide to gifting eyewear.


“If you are looking to gift a pair of sunglasses to a loved one, there are a couple of options to maximise gifting success”


Let’s start with sunglasses. Looking to 2023, I am very excited by the emerging trends that will be dictating eyewear fashion for the next few seasons. Bold and chunky oversized acetate sunglasses continue to dominate across both masculine and feminine eyewear. Dark frames coupled with paler tints are showcased in luxury collections including Jacques Marie Mage and Chrome Hearts.

It would be fair to add that a classic pair of thick acetate frames has never really been out of style, but it does seem to be more popular than ever. Conversely, smaller thin metal frames are enjoying a renaissance. The delicate metallic style offers a stark contrast to the bolder statement pieces. One such brand from Los Angeles, AHLEM, by French designer Ahlem Manai-Platt has produced a stunningly delicate collection of plated titanium frames which pay homage to the legendary eyewear of the golden age of Hollywood.

If you are looking to gift a pair of sunglasses to a loved one, there are a couple of options to maximise gifting success. If the gift is not a surprise, our styling consultation will ensure the recipient will be anticipating an incredible frame for Christmas. If you are looking to surprise them, my recommended course of action is to gift them vouchers – this avoids any disappointment if the frame doesn’t fit. The same goes for prescription spectacles, since there are so many parameters and measurements required, it’s not possible to supply prescription specs as a surprise, but vouchers or a pre-selected pair of glasses are both excellent and unusual gifts.


Just for laughs…

And here’s the part you’ve been waiting for; my top three optician-approved seasonal jokes guaranteed to produce tuts and groans. I can confidently say these jokes are cornea than any others!

Did you hear about the website that fixes dry-eye disease?

It’s a site for sore eyes.

Why did the man fall down the well?

Because he didn’t see that well.

What did the left eye say to the right eye?

“Between you and me, something smells.”


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from myself and the team at Edney & Edney.





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